Beyond Immigration Policy: Religion, Race, Culture, Economy?!

March 17th, 2017

Sat. April 8th, 2017           Registration:  9:30 a.m.             Event Time:  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Congregational Church of Topsfield- Emerson Center – Fellowship Hall

9 East Common St.  Topsfield, MA.

Presentation and Panel Discussions with:

Presentations and panel discussions with:

Elsabel Rincon: “Historical, Cultural, and Economic Aspects of the US Immigrant Experience”

Eman Lasheen: “A Syrian Refugee Story”

Tom Warren: “RIM Caregiving: Visiting ICE Detainees”

Raheel Raza: “Islamophobia and Political Correctness”

Complimentary soup lunch.

Sponsored by the Congregational Church of Topsfield

Public Welcome

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Presentation After the Service Sunday, March 19th

March 16th, 2017

Please join members of the Adult Christian Education and Mission team in welcoming Nancy and Ron Rucker to CCoT Sunday, March 19th. They will be offering a presentation about the Rural Preventures project in India after the worship service in the Emerson Center parlor.

Nancy and Ron Rucker have been retired for a number of years and have traveled extensively during this period.  During their working careers, Nancy was an archivist at the local historical museum in Middlebury and Ron was College Librarian at Middlebury College.  They have lived in Middlebury since 1976 and prior to that in Ithaca, New York.

Nancy and Ron traveled for several weeks in India in 2009, at the urging of our good friend Robert Granner who divides his time between Middlebury and Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu State.  We visited Mr. Granner at his home near Kodaikanal and he took us to some of the locations, including Poombarai, which are the focus of the health and educational initiatives of Rural Pre-Ventures Charitable Trust.  It was at his suggestion that we became involved in founding the American support arm in 2012.



Ladies Night Out- All Women Welcome- Bring a friend!!

March 1st, 2017

Please join us Friday March 10th at 5:30 pm
for a casual get together at the Ipswich Ale Brewery, 2 Brewery Place, Ipswich
Dinner followed by a tour of the brewery.

Meet up there or carpool from the Emerson Center parking lot at 5:10 pm

Please rsvp to Meg Moran at or
Jane Jones at so we can give the restaurant a count.
See you there!

Fourth Annual Spring Expo at the Emerson Center, Gould Barn and The Commons

February 16th, 2017

The Topsfield Garden Club invites you to join us for our Fourth annual Spring Expo to be held on Saturday, March 18th, 2017 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Emerson Center, Gould Barn, and The Commons. This popular and growing event celebrates local agriculture, horticulture, and environmental preservation. Please come and enjoy the farmers’ market, antique tractors, Morris Dancers, livestock, crafts, agricultural and conservation exhibits, and food vendors!

Men’s Fellowship Event- Friday, March 3rd 7 p.m. Bring a Friend!!

February 16th, 2017

Please join us for a night of Bowling, Pizza, Beer and Laughs. Look through your closets and bring your craziest looking hat. There will be prizes for the best / worst scores, best and worst bowling form and ah yes…the craziest hat.
When:  Friday March 3, 7 pm
Where: Riverwalk Lanes  and Games, 11 High Street, Amesbury
Please RSVP to Paul DiTucci ( or Jon Palace (

Community Arts Update- Music at Eden’s Edge

February 6th, 2017

Music at Eden’s Edge


Lecture/Performance Series:

Close Encounters with Music and

Music Speaks!

2017 marks MEE’s 6th year at the Peabody Institute Library with Close Encounters with Music, a free interactive lecture/performance series.  Music at Eden’s edge is pleased to offer a new parallel series, Music Speaks! with the same programs, at a second location, the Mansion at Peirce Farm on Witch Hill in Topsfield.  Exploring The Musician’s Journey, performers’ insights will offer an interpretive entrée into listening: Figuratively, spiritually and factually.  Questions and discussion will be encouraged to include listeners in the process of bringing music to life in performance.
Complete performance schedule and more details here.

“Guns and the Realm of God” Post Event Review

February 3rd, 2017

On Saturday January 7th, with the prediction of a foot of snow, over 85 people including church members, local clergy, and community members from various towns across the state, participated in this community outreach event hosted by the Board of Deacons and the local social action committee, H.U.G.S. (Hands Up for Gun Safety).

Rev. Matthew Crebbin, Senior Minister of the Congregational Church of Newtown, CT presented a captivating keynote address discussing the need for commonsense national gun laws. Rev. Crebbin, who supported the families and community after the horrors of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, stated that since the beginning of 2017, there have already been 6 mass shootings. He noted that the states with tougher gun laws have lower incidents of fatalities due to gun violence.

Rev. Crebbin’s address was followed by a panel discussion led by former Salem Police Chief and current State Rep. Paul Tucker and Topsfield resident and co-convenor of the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, Angus McQuilken. Both Tucker and McQuilken shared their wealth of knowledge on gun violence prevention. There was an active question and answer forum following their presentations.

Be on the lookout for future programs being offered by H.U.G.S.


Prayer Ministry Listing

January 4th, 2017

Prayer List Contact: Kim Itz at or

Healing Scripture:  “And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick…”  Matthew 14:14

Healing Prayer: Dear Lord, I ask you to turn this weakness into strength, suffering into compassion, sorrow into joy, and pain into comfort for others. May your servant trust in your goodness and hope in your faithfulness, even in the middle of this suffering. Let him be filled with patience and joy in your presence as he waits for your healing touch.

Please pray for:

Jillian Roche – Friend of CCOT
Maria Cecilia Guerra  – Sister of José Guerra
Jeannine Schmidt – Mom of Beccy Knowles
Frank Watson – Member of CCOT
Scott Dwinell – Member of CCOT
Ray Ocock – Friend of CCOT
Karen Burnett – Member of CCOT
Susan Sidell – Friend of Ruth Bortzfield
Helen Talberth – Member of CCOT
Jeanette Imboden – Sister-in-law of Cathy Imboden
Vicki Forte – Friend of Carolyn Detato
Paul Jensen – Brother of Bev Hall
Jessica Sellountos – Daughter of Jackie Cassiday
Don Moran – Dad of Dolly McIlvaine
Rose DiTucci – Mom of Paul DiTucci
Kay Walker – Mom of a friend of Kim Itz
Mary Wilber – Grandmother of Christy Redding
Muriel Houser – Member of CCOT
Sarah Szymanski – Daughter of Cathy and John Szymanski
Ken Miller – Friend of Tricia and Bill Haines


Mission and Outreach Christmas Offering

December 15th, 2016

Romans 15: 13  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

December 2016

Dear Church family,
Throughout the year, members of the Congregational Church of Topsfield reach out and give of their time, talent, and treasure in many ways.  During the Christmas season, it has been a tradition in our church to offer members and friends the opportunity to make a special contribution.  This year the Board of Mission and Outreach has selected the following recipients for our Christmas offering:

Lazarus House: (Lawrence, MA. Lazarus House is a gospel-based ministry and welcomes all in the name of God.  They provide a continuum of care encompassing, but not limited to:  food, shelter, clothing, advocacy, education, work preparation, a listening ear, a welcoming heart and the restoration of dignity and self-respect to people who are poor and in dire need.

Christmas Fund: (formerly known as Veterans of the Cross): A special offering of the UCC whose funds provide direct financial assistance to individual UCC clergy and lay church employees both active and retired.  The funds do not support programs or institutions, but people in their time of need.

Thank you in advance for your generous offering, which can be made using the Christmas envelope provided in your pledge packet or special envelopes in the church pews.

Wishing you every blessing of the Season,

The Board of Mission and Outreach
Cathy Imboden          Guido Voss           John Burgess
Claudia Worth            Sue Blanchard     Cathy Szymanski
Karen Trevenen         Jim Barnes           Pam Warren

Coat, Blanket and Winter Accessories Collection for NuDay Syria

November 23rd, 2016

Provide some warmth to displaced Syrians this winter. We are collecting much needed winter items for the NH based organization NuDay Syria to ship to
displaced women, children and wounded Syrians. We are partnering with St.John’s Episcopal Church of Beverly Farms in this effort.

The following gently used and new items are appreciated:
• Blankets
• Coats
• Children’s coats
• Hats/gloves/mittens
• Scarves
• Thermal underwear

Donations will be accepted through December 14th.
Collection box will be in the Emerson Center.

Thank you for your assistance with this collection
~ The Board of Mission and Outreach.

NuDay Syria is a non-profit organization focused on bringing humanitarian aid inside Syria and helping displaced Syrians in the bordering areas around Syria. They focus on bringing housing and food to displaced families with single mothers or wounded family members.

NuDay is especially concerned with the plight and vulnerability of displaced Syrian women and girls, whose needs are often overlooked and voices not heard. NuDay Syria advocates for girls and women who now find themselves with no male breadwinners and often have little skills and experience earning and providing for their families.

Please visit their website for further details about this organization: